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Twenty-One Katy ISD Schools Receive Texas Honor Roll DistinctionTwenty-One Katy ISD Schools Receive Texas Honor Roll Distinction2018-05-24T19:33:17Z<div class="ExternalClassA622B8E8FDCD466FAA46E2628605D116"><p>Out of its 67 campuses, Katy Independent School District is proud to announce that this year, 21 were named a <em>Texas Honor Roll School</em> by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE). <br></p><p><br>"What a great way to end the school year by receiving this prestigious recognition.  This distinction speaks volumes of the great things happening in our schools. It takes a village to educate a child and our superstar staff and students should be proud of the work they have accomplished," said Christine Caskey, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer.<br> <br>The 2017-18 Texas Honor Roll includes:</p><ul><li>Alexander Elementary</li><li>Davidson Elementary</li><li>Griffin Elementary</li><li>Holland Elementary</li><li>Jenks Elementary</li><li>Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>McRoberts Elementary</li><li>Pattison Elementary</li><li>Shafer Elementary</li><li>Williams Elementary</li><li>Wilson Elementary</li><li>WoodCreek Elementary</li><li>Beck Junior High</li><li>Beckendorff Junior High</li><li>Cinco Ranch Junior High</li><li>McMeans Junior High</li><li>Seven Lakes Junior High</li><li>Tays Junior High</li><li>WoodCreek Junior High</li><li>Cinco Ranch High School</li><li>Seven Lakes High School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">After an extensive analysis of student data, these Katy ISD schools were clear leaders in getting students to grade level and beyond.  The 2017-18 Texas Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle and high schools that consistently demonstrate high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in student outcomes over time and a closing of the achievement gaps.  For high schools, Texas Honor Roll recognition includes college readiness.  This year, the program recognized 729 higher performing schools across the state.  These schools become an accepted example to other school districts seeking to learn and replicate the best practices employed at these campuses.</p><p>The Katy ISD schools will be provided with a banner to display at their campus.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/2018-Honor-Roll-Logo-district.jpg" alt="2018-Honor-Roll-Logo-district.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:266px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Valedictorians and Salutatorians for its Seven High SchoolsKaty ISD Announces Valedictorians and Salutatorians for its Seven High Schools2018-05-24T17:00:00Z<div class="ExternalClass21627E26FF9B4001B74DF6F88450A235"><p>Katy ISD is proud to announce the top two students from each high school who are ranked highest academically in their respective graduating classes.  These students have worked extremely hard from the very first day of their ninth grade year until the last day of their senior year.  Many of them are now moving on to prestigious colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The 2017-2018 valedictorians and salutatorians are:<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cinco Ranch High School:</p><ul><li>Shreya Budhiraja – Valedictorian</li><li>Subhiksha Srinivasan– Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy High School:</p><ul><li>Marie-Anne Barron - Valedictorian</li><li>Piper Mackenzie Harris – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Mayde Creek High School</p><ul><li>Arman Thomas Yazdian– Valedictorian</li><li>David Liu – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Morton Ranch High School</p><ul><li>Penelope Nicole Meranio Gadia – Valedictorian</li><li>Kelly Tseng – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Seven Lakes High School</p><ul><li>Anusri Dharmendra Shah – Valedictorian</li><li>Dennis Liu – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Taylor High School</p><ul><li>Sachi Khemka – Valedictorian</li><li>Hachem Bey El-Murhbi – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Tompkins High School</p><ul><li>Viraaj Singh Punia - Valedictorian</li><li>Rohit Ramesh Kamath – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l478vsslwdce0xq/AAB8YNpzliI0MU8YOxUROZFua?dl=0">Pictures of the 2017-18 Valedictorians and Salutatorians.</a>​</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Director of PurchasingKaty ISD Announces Director of Purchasing2018-05-23T22:21:24Z<div class="ExternalClassB8A4D132CFD24E03BD095B878EFF6DFB"><p>During the monthly Katy Independent School District Work Study meeting, the Board of Trustees announced Gloria Truskowski as the new director of purchasing. <br></p><p>"To work for such a great school district is an honor.  I look forward to creating new relationships and contributing to a department that is vital to the overall function of Katy ISD," said Truskowski.  "As a thriving school district, devoting my skills to its success is one of my utmost objectives during this new chapter in my life," added Truskowski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Truskowski's 12 years of detailed experience in educational procurement specializing in facilities, transportation and technology have made her the perfect fit for this district.  She previously served at Fort Bend ISD, as assistant director of purchasing and material management.  She led a staff of ten employees whose focus was customer service, efficiency and increased productivity.  Prior to being the assistant director, Ms. Truskowski was a buyer and warehouse specialist.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double minor in Management and Marketing from the University of Houston. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Ms. Truskowski will start her new job in June. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Gloria%20Truskowski.jpg" alt="Gloria Truskowski.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Artwork to be Displayed in Washington D.C.Katy ISD Student Artwork to be Displayed in Washington D.C.2018-05-22T21:13:50Z<div class="ExternalClass5F3226FF6AFD46EB8705D7535B6D5632"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The breathtaking masterpieces of two Katy Independent School District students will soon be on display in Washington D.C., as part of the annual Congressional Art Competition.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Congressman John Culberson announced that Taylor High School student Soah Kim's drawing, </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Girl with Boots</em><span style="text-align:justify;">, was the overall winner from his district.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">She will receive two complimentary airfare tickets to Washington D.C. to view her work on display at the U.S. Capitol.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Congressman Pete Olson awarded Tompkins High School Mya Stalnaker and her painting </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Sequined Sweetheart </em><span style="text-align:justify;">the first runner-up recognition</span><em style="text-align:justify;">.</em><em style="text-align:justify;">  </em><span style="text-align:justify;">Her creation will be hung in Olson's D.C. office for a year.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kevina Seo, from Taylor High School won second place for her painting titled <em>Horse rider with Texas Flag</em>.  Her picture will be framed and hung in Congressman Culberson's D.C. office for one year.  Additionally, Cinco Ranch High student Phuongthy Tran's <em>Goatee</em> piece was third runner up and his piece will be part of Pete Olson's Sugar Land office for an entire year.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's through these artistic pieces that our Katy ISD students can explore the connection between art and storytelling," said Assistant Director of Fine Arts Mitzi Jones.  "The classic creations of our students are not just stunning, they engage viewers to interpret and create narratives," added Jones.</p><p>The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the talents of their young constituents.  Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/052118_Girls%20with%20Boots_Soah%20Kim%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="052118_Girls with Boots_Soah Kim - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Girl with Boots</em> by Taylor High School Soah Kim<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/052118_Sequined%20Sweetheart_Mya%20Stalnaker%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="052118_Sequined Sweetheart_Mya Stalnaker - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Sequined Sweetheart</em> by Tompkins High School Mya Stalnaker<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/052118_Horse%20rider%20with%20Texas%20Flag_Kevina%20Seo%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="052118_Horse rider with Texas Flag_Kevina Seo - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Horse rider with Texas Flag</em> by Taylor High School Kevina Seo<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/052118_Goatee_Phuongthy%20Tran%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="052118_Goatee_Phuongthy Tran - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Goatee</em> by Cinco Ranch High School Phuongthy Tran<br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Welcomes New MembersKaty ISD Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members2018-05-22T01:11:11Z<div class="ExternalClass83FE3A9ECD854DA9995296DB025D3447"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">During tonight's Katy Independent School District Work Study meeting, Susan Marie </span>Gesoff<span style="text-align:justify;"> and Dawn Champagne were welcomed as the newest members of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees.  </span>Gesoff<span style="text-align:justify;">, who will serve as trustee for Position 6 and Champagne, who will serve in Position 7, took the oath of office and were officially sworn in.   </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"This is a fabulous community with a school district that delivers outstanding results and entices thousands to settle and raise their families here," said Susan Gesoff, Trustee for Position 6.  "In order to continue to improve the 'product' the district delivers to its students, we must foster more open-minded, two-way, solution-oriented dialogue between educators, administrators, parents and community members," added Gesoff.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I believe that Katy ISD provides a wonderful, well-rounded education for our children.  My aim is to keep all the wonderful parts of our district while simultaneously working on improving the parts that might need help, especially as our district continues to grow," said Dawn Champagne, Trustee for Position 7.  "No matter how good we are, we can always improve." added Champagne.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Board also unanimously elected new officers for the 2018-19 school year.  Courtney Doyle was elected as president, Bill Lacy as vice president and Ashley Vann as secretary. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Board of Trustees is the governing body of the school district and the main advising group that oversees and shapes district policies.  Individuals serving as board members are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/New%20Board%20Members%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="New Board Members - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>(Picture attribution left to right:  Susan Gesoff, Position 6 and Dawn Champagne, Position 7)</p></div>
Over 500 Katy ISD Students Participate in Duke University Talent SearchOver 500 Katy ISD Students Participate in Duke University Talent Search2018-05-18T16:36:03Z<div class="ExternalClassCBD0E96E6FC64999A3327A289DF8E062"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is proud to announce that 502 seventh grade stude</span><span style="text-align:justify;">nts participated in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) this year.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The Duke TIP program helps gifted students discover their abilities, explore new academic challenges and celebrates their accomplishments.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Both students and their parents are provided the resources to allow participants to reach their full educational potential.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The first talent search took place in 1980 and every year nearly 100,000 new students enroll.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Students participating in the talent search demonstrated advanced aptitudes on grade level assessment which qualifies them to take both the PSAT and ACT test.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD is very fortunate to have a variety of academically talented students.  The commitment of the district's GT (Gifted and Talented) and Advanced Academics Department is to keep all our students engaged and thriving in diverse educational challenges," said Dr. Christine Caskey, Chief Academic Officer at Katy ISD.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Duke TIP allows students with advanced intellectual abilities the opportunity to assess the extent of their skills through a variety of enrichment benefits," added Alene Lindley, Director of Secondary Curriculum – GT and Advanced Academics.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​This year 309 of those students who took the test, qualified to participate in either the Academy for Summer Studies or the Center for Summer Studies.   State recognition was given to 250 students whose scores were equal to the 50<sup>th</sup> national percentile ranks for college-bound seniors taking the test. Additionally, 36 students earned <em>Grand Recognition</em> for achieving a score that is equal to the 90<sup>th</sup> national percentile rank for college-bound seniors in at least one subject.</p></div>
Katy ISD Student Heads to New York to Receive Prestigious AwardKaty ISD Student Heads to New York to Receive Prestigious Award2018-05-17T14:12:38Z<div class="ExternalClass4C5660A409764ACABA475C2D5A644EBD"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Kaitlyn Sheroke, a senior at Katy Independent School District Seven Lakes High School (SLHS), has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal Scholastic Writing Award for her short story titled </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Sirenia</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Kaitlyn will be traveling to New York City to be recognized during the annual Carnegie Hall ceremony on June 7.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We are over-the-moon proud of our young scholar who has been a student in Katy ISD since her elementary school days," said SLHS English Department Chair Pam Cannon.  "Kaitlyn's writing is more than just an assignment, she pours out her heart into each and every one of her pieces.  The SLHS Spartans are proud to see her work receiving the national attention it deserves," added Cannon. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">To receive this award, students must first go through regional judging in order to advance to national review.  This year, Kaitlyn along with nine other Katy ISD students became regional Gold Key participants.  The history of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is known for its rich notable alumni, like Sylvia Plath and Joyce Carol Oates, who have gone on to write a variety of contemporary works of literature which are read around the world.</p><p>After graduation, Kaitlyn will be attending Baylor University.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/051618_SLHS_Kaitlyn%20Sheroke%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="051618_SLHS_Kaitlyn Sheroke - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>(Attribution:  Seven Lakes High School Senior Kaitlyn Sheroke)</p></div>
Katy ISD School Recognized as a 2018 National School to WatchKaty ISD School Recognized as a 2018 National School to Watch2018-05-14T16:22:26Z<div class="ExternalClass00ACBD2894FB4B5B985DBEDCFBE6746A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">During a celebration ceremony, Katy Independent School District McMeans Junior High (MMJH) students proudly held up a new banner that will soon be displayed at their school, recognizing them as a </span><em style="text-align:justify;">National School to Watch</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This is not the first time MMJH has received this prestigious recognition by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, in 2015 the school received the award as well.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Schools who receive this honor are high-performing campuses that have a clear focus on academic growth and achievement.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Every student at McMeans Junior High matters!  We take our role as educators very seriously because we are instrumental in creating the future legacies of this world," said Dr. Susan Rice, principal at McMeans Junior High.  "We are proud that other schools and school districts are watching our example and we're excited to continue our legacy of excellence," added Rice.</p><p>With the upbeat tunes and harmonious songs of MMJH orchestra, band and choirs, the campus staff celebrated this milestone accomplishment after meeting rigorous criteria.  Part of the process of re-designation included national forum representatives visiting the campus to conduct interviews with students, teachers, staff and PTA members to ensure MMJH was meeting student academic requirements as well as their social/emotional needs.  </p><p>​Campus administrators and teachers will be traveling to Arlington, VA in June for the national recognition.  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1820315637988517.1073742108.113148448705253&type=1&l=8020555be4">Click here</a> to view picture of <em>School to Watch</em> celebration.  </p><p>​​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/For%20Latest%20News%20Post.jpg" alt="For Latest News Post.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>​<span style="color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">Madison Carr (NJHS President), Kevin Jimenez (NJHS Officer), Vyshnavi Viju (Student Council Officer) and Zach Darby (Student Council Officer) display new designation banner.</span><br></p></div>

      

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